Joe Hart: Second place is not good enough for Manchester City

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The England stopper was in fantastic form as Manchester City edged closer to second place but he insists the results this season have not been good enough.

Manchester City were expected to challenge Chelsea all the way in this season’s Premier League but a major mid-season blip has seen them fighting for second place in the table with Arsenal and Manchester United.

Their inconsistent results mean Jose Mourinho’s men sealed the title with three games to spare. In all honesty, it was a poor defence of the title from City, who did not even put up a fight.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart agrees. He was in inspired form as City won their fifth consecutive game against Swansea City at the weekend, producing a contender for Save of the Season in the process, but he insists that a second-placed finish is below the high standards the club has set in the last few years.

He told the Manchester Evening News, “Second is not good enough for us – that is the standard we set, and that is not me being negative.

“With the funding we have, and the way we are as a team, we have to challenge for longer, and we have to go further in the cups, and haven’t.

“We need to re-address it. Last time we finished second we won it the following season, and we need to do that again.”

Despite the doom and gloom at City’s trophyless season, Hart was quick to remind us that City are here to stay, having been the most consistent side in the Premier League over the last five seasons, never exiting the top three in the table.

Hart continued, “Chelsea have won it and deservedly so, but we are building history at this club -and we finished third, first, second and first and hopefully we can finish second again.

“The consistency is fantastic. We have shown we are not a flash in the pan, and that we will keep coming. If we don’t win we want to be in next place, and we want to be in finals.”

Hart’s optimism is admirable but City have not been good enough at crucial stages of the season and must improve next year. Re-building the squad won’t be easy either as they currently possess one of the oldest squads in the Premier League.

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